My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
James makes it sound as if anger gets in the way of a righteous life. In order to be angry, we must be focused on the negative, or on the wrong. For me, anger is often a signal of something lacking in myself. Regardless of the source of the anger, it serves no purpose for my walk with God. It is like a false target for my attention. My attention must be focused on God.
Holy one, sometimes it feels automatic to be angry, but I know it is not necessary. Help me to let go of angry preoccupations. They only get between us. Amen